Tortoise Shell Plate

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Dublin Core

Title

Tortoise Shell Plate

Subject

South, Stanley A.
Archaeology.
Wachovia (N.C.)--History.
Artifacts.
Pottery.
Moravians.
Christ, Rudolph, 1750-1833.

Description

In 1771, William Ellis arrived in Bethabara and offered to teach Gottfried Aust how to make English-style “Queensware” and “Tortoise-shell” pottery in exchange for clothing and lodging. Ellis had been the superintendent of John Bartlam’s China Manufactory and Pottery in Charleston, SC. Aust chose to produce the more traditional wares he had been doing, while his apprentice Rudolph Christ went on to master the new English-style pottery. Christ operated his pottery shop in Bethabara from 1786-1789.

This style of pottery was considered fine pottery. It was made using a mold rather than thrown on a wheel. The finished redware form had white slip applied, then splotches of green and brown to produce the tortoise shell finish.

This plate was recovered from feature B55, Christ’s Waster Dump #2. It is labeled B55-C9-1-56 on the back in black ink.

Dimensions: 7” dia., .875” tall

Creator

Christ, Rudolph, 1750-1833

Date

1786-1789

Type

Physical Object

Format

JPEG

Identifier

2018.2.26

Source

OC2-Historic Bethabara Park Archaeology Collection Exhibit

Relation

Historic Bethabara Park Archaeology Collection
Stanley South Manuscript Collection Box – Folder 4-62
Stanley South Manuscript Collection Box – Folder 8-21

Rights

Rights held by Historic Bethabara Park, Inc. Use and reproduction restrictions apply. Contact Historic Bethabara Park Archives.

Contributor

Photographer: Daniel Ferguson

Rights Holder

Historic Bethabara Park, Inc.

Citation

Christ, Rudolph, 1750-1833, “Tortoise Shell Plate,” Historic Bethabara Park Collections, accessed April 17, 2021, https://historicbethabarapark.omeka.net/items/show/48.